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20 June 2019

Brexit Weekly

Boris Johnson takes commanding lead in Tory leadership race, EU warns over future ties if next UK premier withholds bill, Brexit stockpiling to hit economic growth, UK businesses urged to step up no-deal preparations and more.

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POLITICO: Boris Johnson takes commanding lead in Tory leadership race
Boris Johnson secured a comfortable lead in the Conservative leadership race's first round of voting, as three candidates — Andrea Leadsom, Esther McVey and Mark Harper — were forced to withdraw.  View Article
The Times: Boris Johnson ‘won’t rule out suspending parliament’
Boris Johnson has privately assured senior Brexiteers that he will leave open the option of suspending parliament to force through a no-deal exit from the European Union, The Times has been told.  View Article
Bloomberg: EU warns over future ties if next UK premier withholds bill
The UK’s next prime minister will be putting at risk the country’s future relations with the European Union if he refuses to pay the 39 billion-pound financial settlement the government agreed to as part of the Brexit deal, the EU said.  View Article
YouGov: Three quarters of Conservative Party members think Boris Johnson would be a good leader
A new YouGov survey of Conservative Party members provides a further boost to frontrunner Boris Johnson today, showing that three quarters (77%) think he would make a good leader - the highest for any candidate.  View Article
BCC Forecast: Brexit stockpiling to hit economic growth in coming years
The British Chambers of Commerce has released its latest economic forecast, upgrading its growth expectations for the UK in 2019 to 1.3% (from 1.2%). However, the business group has downgraded its growth forecast for 2020 to 1.0% (from 1.3%) and to 1.2% (from 1.4%) in 2021.  View Article
Bloomberg: No-deal Brexit threat is act of self-harm, business chief says
Threatening to leave the European Union without a deal isn’t likely to win Britain concessions from the bloc, the country’s biggest business group said in a warning to candidates jostling to succeed Prime Minister Theresa May.  View Article
The Guardian: UK businesses urged to step up preparations for no-deal Brexit
The UK’s employers’ group Institute of Directors said its members had so far failed to take advantage of the seven-month delay to Brexit and warned that companies should not put faith in politicians to produce an agreement.  View Article
The Telegraph: Conservative donors open secret talks with Nigel Farage on general election pact to save Brexit
Conservative Party donors have opened secret talks with Nigel Farage about an electoral pact which would see the party not stand candidates against the Brexit Party in dozens of seats at a snap general election.  View Article
Bloomberg: Lying politicians leading UK to no-deal Brexit, ex-envoy says
The UK’s former ambassador to the European Union blasted the “denial, delusion-mongering and deception” in British politics, which he predicts is leading the country to a damaging no-deal Brexit.  View Article
The Times: Jeremy Corbyn to back second Brexit referendum
Jeremy Corbyn backed a move for Labour to change its Brexit policy and support a second referendum in all circumstances.  View Article
Federal Trust: After the fall: governing the UK in the post-May era
Dr Andrew Blick discusses the implications for the Brexit process of Theresa May's departure as Prime Minister.  View Article
YouGov: Most Conservative members would see party destroyed to achieve Brexit
So dedicated to accomplishing Brexit are Tory members that a majority (54%) would be willing to countenance the destruction of their own party if necessary. Only a third (36%) put the party’s preservation above steering Britain out of the EU, according to the latest YouGov survey.  View Article
The Guardian: Divided, pessimistic, angry: survey reveals bleak mood of pre-Brexit UK
Britain is a more polarised and pessimistic nation than it has been for decades, according to a survey that reveals a country torn apart by social class, geography and Brexit.  View Article

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